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Two large Wairau Valley industrial sites for sale with secure holding income

Two large Wairau Valley industrial sites for sale with secure holding income

Two substantial adjoining industrial properties in the sought-after Wairau Valley area of Auckland’s North Shore are on the market, one for the first time in 26 years.

The warehouse and yard properties are for sale with new three-year leases from 1 March 2021 to national tenant, Thermosash Commercial, which is looking to relocate to a larger premise to support its business growth.

The short-term leases will provide secure holding income for an owner-occupier seeking new premises, or an add-value investor or developer looking to reposition the properties.

Colliers International has been exclusively appointed to market 37-41 Poland Road and 20 Hillside Road, Wairau Valley, for sale by deadline private treaty closing at 4pm on Wednesday December 2, unless sold earlier.

Jimmy O’Brien, General Manager and Director at Colliers North Shore, says it is a chance to secure a substantial landholding with abundant potential in a premier location.

“The properties are occupied by New Zealand’s leading designer, manufacturer and installer of bespoke engineered building facades, Thermosash Commercial, which has been in the Poland Road site since 1994.

“Due to the need for future expansion, Thermosash has entered into a new three-year lease with a one-year right of renewal, giving an investor or developer market-rate holding income with built-in rental growth. The leases return a combined $790,644 in net annual rent, with fixed annual rental increases of 1 per cent.

“The two freehold properties have a combined site area of 10,208sq m with only 5,838sq m of improvements, providing plenty of scope for future redevelopment.

“Sites of this size very rarely come to the market in tightly held Wairau Valley, which is among the most sought-after industrial precincts on the North Shore.

“This is undoubtedly the best offering in Wairau Valley this year, providing a superb opportunity for a new owner-occupier, investor or developer to secure a premium site.”

The properties are located less than 600m from the Tristram Avenue motorway interchange, providing exceptional accessibly.

Matt Prentice, Industrial Director at Colliers North Shore, says 37-41 Poland Road comprises a 5,838sq m industrial building on a generous 8,589sq m parcel of land.

“The building has a sought-after low office ratio, with nearly 85 per cent dedicated to warehouse and manufacturing areas.

“Built in the 1970s to a high standard, the building has since been expanded and refurbished, and has been very well maintained.

“The main warehouse areas have a medium stud height of some 5.5m to 7m, plus there is a large manufacturing facility in the basement.

“The warehouse accommodates a number of tenant-owned gantry cranes, which can be negotiated as part of the sale if required.

“There is also a substantial reinforced, security fenced concrete hardstand yard to the rear of the building.”

The adjoining property at 20 Hillside Road sits to the northwest of the larger site on Poland Road.

“The property comprises a 1,619sq m site that is one of the only freehold tenanted yards in the Wairau Valley area,” says Prentice.

“Sitting flat, the add-value site allows for future development in a sought-after, low-vacancy area.”

The Poland Road lease will initially return $717,780 in net annual holding income, while the Hillside Road lease will initially return $72,864.

Both sites are zoned Business Light Industry, which allows for a range of lighter industrial activities including storage, distribution, manufacturing and yard-based uses.

Tenant Thermosash Commercial is a wholly New Zealand owned and operated company that has been operating for over 46 years.

It is part of the Thermosash Group of Companies, which also includes Woods Glass, Insite Facades, Stile and WEC.

O’Brien says the Wairau Valley area continues to experience very low vacancy and high demand from occupiers.

“Wairau Valley is an established and popular industrial precinct that benefits from very high levels of amenity and accessibility, with Auckland’s CBD just a 15-minute drive away in off-peak traffic.

“Occupiers, investors and developers will not want to miss this chance to secure this exceptional industrial offering with plenty of future potential.” 

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Jimmy O'Brien

General Manager | Director

Auckland North

Jimmy heads the Colliers North Shore team with a "lead from the front" approach. He specialises in both sales and leasing of commercial and Industrial Property, Now in his thirteenth year with  Colliers International he is constantly in the top 10 % of Colliers brokers.

A North Shore resident for over 40 years his local network and knowledge is extensive. Having come from a successful background of sales, marketing and manufacturing and a director of his own business for 20 years, Jimmy has built up a vast network of property developers, investors, architects, designers and corporate businesses both retail and commercial. With a broad knowledge as both a tenant and investor in the commercial property market his wide range of skills and extensive network will be an asset to any future clients.

Positions Held at Colliers:

March 2006: Industrial Broker

April 2008: Industrial Manager

July 2012: General Manager

February 2014: General Manager -Associate Director

June 2014: General Manager – Director

Through specialisation and a commitment to true team work, Jimmy and his team have sold property in excess of $1Billion and negotiated innumerable leases.

With a strong focus on finding property solutions for his clients, Jimmy has successfully represented AA Insurance, EasiYo Products, Sealegs, Johnson Controls, Electronic Navigation and Maxwell Marine to name a few.

Jimmy is consistently in the top 10% of Colliers brokers.

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Matt Prentice


Auckland North

Matt joined Colliers International in 2006 with a focus on mid to upper end industrial & investment transactions.  Specializing in tenanted investments, occupier representation through to vacant land / building sales on the North Shore, Matt was promoted to a North Shore Director in 2015.

In 2011 and 2012 Matt was awarded the “Golden Gavel” for Colliers New Zealand as the most successful auction sales broker across Colliers New Zealand. Matt has been the number one North Shore sales and leasing broker, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  In 2012, was a top 20 performer across Colliers New Zealand and has over $600 million of sales since joining colliers International.

In 2013, Matt was in the top 10 Highest Performing Brokers Nationwide and in 2014, he had a record year completing more than 50 transactions, and  finished in the top 10% of brokers in New Zealand.

In 2015, Matt completed over 60 transactions, more than any broker North of the Bridge, again finishing in the Top 20 brokers in New Zealand.

In 2016, Matt had a record year finishing top 10 in the country and was the top broker on the North Shore.

In 2017 Matt finished in the top 5 brokers in New Zealand, and completed over 70 transactions.

In 2018 he finished in the top 10 brokers in New Zealand and completed over 120 transactions. Matt was awarded the MVP of brokerage for Colliers International New Zealand.

In 2019 Matt finished in the top 5 brokers in New Zealand and achieved the “Golden Gavel” as the highest performing “Auction Broker”. Again, he completed over 100 transactions.

2020 was a record year, selling over $250 million of stock, with 99 deals in total for the year. Matt finished as the 4th highest performing broker in NZ.

Recent Transactions include:

  • 13 William Pickering Drive, North Harbour - $17,300,000

  • 7-19 Croftfield Lane, Wairau Valley - $17,280,000

  • 6 Canaveral Drive, Albany - $13,000,000

  • 44 Arrenway Drive, Albany - $15,300,000

  • 2c William Pickering Drive. North Harbour - confidential

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  • 71 Apollo Drive, Albany - $17,550,000

  • 124 Bush Road, North Harbour - $14,950,000

  • 229 Dairy Flat Highway, Albany - $33,000,000

  • 34-41 Poland Road, Wairau Valley - $15m circa

  • 1-11 Parkway Drive, Albany - $21,000,000

  • 44 Arrenway Drive, Albany - $15,300,000

  • 30 Apollo Drive, Albany - $12,942,000

  • 155 Wairau Road, Wairau Valley - $11,500,000

  • 53 Paul Matthews Road, North Harbour - $5,610,000

  • 7 Armstrong Road, North Harbour - $7,400,000

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